Final week, on Twitter, J Contemporary Followers have taken surveys on who’re one of the best gamers within the NHL in varied areas. After finishing every particular person skater place, he then mixed the outcomes for the highest 100 skaters as voted on by folks. As he indicated, 1000’s of various folks voted on this. In fact, we’ll by no means know the fan base and the actions of these 1000’s, but it surely’s nonetheless fascinating to see any hockey fanatics (they usually should be fanatics to vote on the hockey participant scores on the finish of the summer time) enthusiastic about who one of the best gamers within the league are.
The 100 finest outcomes may be present in This tweet is right here. Here’s a screenshot of the graph:
On this graph you will notice 4 New Jersey Devils gamers who made the checklist. For a staff that may’t get out of their very own method, that is not a nasty factor for all issues thought-about. 32 groups x 4 gamers equals 128 gamers, so the Devils have greater than the common illustration. Jack Hughes beats the Devils at forty first total and was ranked eleventh finest within the league by the JFresh ballot, so individuals are excessive, as they need to be. The expertise is clearly there, and there may be nonetheless room for additional enchancment, so the upside, coupled actually with the excessive floor, is spectacular.
Subsequent, Dougie Hamilton ranked forty seventh within the ballot, and because the fifteenth finest defensive participant. Given his damage final season, it is laborious to argue with that total. He might have ranked increased final summer time after some actual high quality seasons in Carolina, however a shortened yr would not assist, even when he did effectively whereas he was. After Dougie, Jesper Bratt is ranked 73rd within the total standings and thirteenth among the many proper wing. When you take a look at final season alone, that is an enormous insult to him. He was, given what I noticed final yr, a high 5-7 proper winger and a high 50 NHLer, if not higher (the highest 5 right-wing gamers on this ballot had been Kucherov, Marner, Rantanen, Pastrnak and Kane. These argue, then it was Stamkos 6). Provided that we right here at AATJ thought-about him one of the best participant on the staff this yr, we’d have put him above Jack at forty first. Nevertheless, keep in mind he solely confirmed that dominance for one season, and that needs to be given some benefit. If he can repeat what he simply did subsequent season as effectively, I feel his inventory will bounce massively amongst those that fill out these surveys.
Lastly, and for my part, Nico Hescher was extra professional than Pratt at 73, coming in at 94, and simply making the highest 100. He is additionally ranked twenty eighth finest within the league, which is one other horrible slight. Have a look at the opposite names which might be instantly above him at 94. Followers who took half on this ballot think about him to be on the identical degree, or worse than, Ryan Bullock, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Trevor Zegras, and Pavel Bukhnevich. These are the skaters ranked 93-90, respectively. I am sorry, however I take Niko on all 4 of them, and no dialogue. Kuznetsov has struggled his profession up to now, solely getting 78 factors in 79 common season video games final yr, however I nonetheless take Niko at 23 versus Kuznetsov at 30, particularly since Evgeni will get most of his factors from assists. He performs the best scorer of our technology. I do not suppose I even want to herald Pulock, and Buchnevich is form of like Pratt in that he had a dominant yr final season, in any other case he was good however not nice in New York. Zegras might be a stalker and he is somebody you would possibly wish to argue about taking up Nico, however on the age of 21 and with little or no NHL expertise, he is an actual wild card.
I feel it is actually true that those that do not watch Nico frequently and do not comply with the staff as carefully as we followers do, do not understand how good Nico actually is. Like, let’s bounce 30 positions within the rankings right here. #64 is Kevin Fiala, 65 is Brady Tkachuk, and 66 is Ryan O’Reilly. Would you like Nico above all or any of those folks? I can undoubtedly argue with him about any of those three, and I am certain you may too. Now, proper above them, I feel he is beginning to get a bit of crowded with expertise. Quantity 63 is William Nylander, 62 is Mark Shevelle, and 61 is Patrick Lane. Nylander and Scheifele are smitten for my part, and Laine could be a controversial participant, however you may’t deny his expertise. Now, you’d nonetheless need Nico on some or all of those guys, but it surely certain comes shut. However that is only one factor. I might say the query of who’s going to take him, Nico or anybody else, is beginning to get difficult at 63. Nico ranks quantity 94 on this checklist. At a minimal, this reduces the Demon Chief’s worth by 30 locations within the rating.
Now, you might also wish to direct another criticism. I am certain all of us can. One other one, for instance, is that Jonas Siegenthaler, the Devils’ finest defender final season, will not be on this checklist. He is ranked #85 amongst NHL Defenders, to not point out making the highest 100 total. In the meantime, Damon Severson ranked No. 57 among the many males of protection, so it is clear that Siegenthaler was slept by most people who took this ballot. One other robust season of it and issues have to alter. You would possibly even argue that Siegenthaler’s place is extra weak than Niko’s, and it will be a very good argument. However after I first checked out this, my preliminary shock was at Niko’s low rating, and the way clearly folks exterior of New Jersey do not view it the best way we do. Will that change? Nice query, however solely time will inform.